Each week, guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines join the Reverend Peter Thompson and other St. Bart's clergy for deep and insightful conversations about topics that matter to our lives as responsible citizens and people of faith. Speakers in recent years have included winners of the Tony Award, the Emmy Award, the MacArthur Fellowship, and the Pulitzer Prize, professors from prominent universities like Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia, and journalists from New York, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.
Sunday, June 26, 10 AM
Out & Proud: Jane Lynch on LGBTQ+ Pride
Beloved actress Jane Lynch, currently starring in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl, visits St. Bart’s to reflect on her life as an openly lesbian public figure and share stories from her long and acclaimed career.
Please post your questions for our speaker in the comments section on Facebook or YouTube, or email the Reverend Peter D. Thompson, Vicar at
Coming up at The Forum:
July 3, 2022
Our Nation of Immigrants: Celebrating an Inclusive United States
As we celebrate our country on this Independence Day weekend, Stephen Lean, Director of The American Family Immigration History Center on Ellis Island, discusses the ways in which immigration has enhanced the nation’s life.
July 10, 2022
The Abortion Converts: Journeys out of the Right-Wing
New York magazine senior writer Sarah Jones chronicles the transition some conservative Christians make from pro-life to pro-choice. Jones has recently authored several relevant articles about moral approaches to abortion (1, 2, 3).
July 17, 2022
New Approaches to Autism and Neurodiversity
Zachary Fletcher, chaplain at Mount Sinai Hospital, shares new and liberative ways of understanding autism and neurodiversity, including through the lens of Christian spirituality.
Watch or listen to The Forum from previous weeks below.
Tuesday, June 14 | 7:30 p.m. on the Website, Youtube, and Facebook Live
Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and the Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers discuss the meaning of Juneteenth...
Our Rector, the Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe, shared thoughts on Lenten practices for the “Journey Inward’ this season.
St. Bart's at the Oscars: Matthew Moretz led a lively discussion about three nominees for Best Picture: Jackie, Hacksaw Ridge, and Manchester by the Sea. Spoiler alert: all is revealed!
Michael Kurth, parishioner and now seminarian at Yale Divinity School, spoke to us about the spiritual craft of Iconography, especially that of the Russian Church. Learn the meaning and symbolism of this ancient and holy tradition of worship and art.
Our Forum guests Connie Evans, Executive Director of the St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy, and Carole Bailey French, President of the Conservancy, offered presentation on the process behind our parish’s recent National Landmark status...
Johann Sebastian Bach -- the man, his music, and his St. John PassionParishioner William Fulton shared the beauty and secrets of this classic work of sacred music.
At the Forum, Dr. Larry Welborn, Professor of the New Testament at Fordham University, continued to guide us on a multi-week tour through the Nativity narratives of the Gospels, providing his expert historical and spiritual insights, informed by...
Join us in the Great Hall as Dr. Larry Welborn, Professor of the New Testament at Fordham University, continues to guide us on a multi-week tour through the Nativity narratives of the Gospels, providing his expert historical and spiritual...
Today we welcomed Dr. Larry Wellborn, Professor of the New Testament at Fordham University. Over the next few weeks, he will guide us on a tour through the Nativity narratives of the Gospels, providing his expert historical and spiritual...